Grizzlies: Jevon Carter undergoing thumb surgery

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Jevon Carter looks far closer to peak form than most rookies, meaning the No. 32 pick could crack the Grizzlies’ rotation this season.

But put those ideas on hold.

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Mike Conley will start at point guard. Memphis can use Andrew Harrison, Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack behind him.

Carter’s dogged defense could give him at least a situation role – once he gets healthy. It’s unclear when that will be, but even if it’s by the start of the regular season, this setback will cost him valuable developmental time.